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Letter from Fr. Frank 15th August 2014

A Letter from Fr. Frank on the 40th Anniversary of Mount Argus Parish

15th August 2014: Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

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Dear Friends and Parishioners

On the 15th August 1856, Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, the very first Mass was celebrated in Mount Argus. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Paul Mary Packenham CP in the front parlour of the recently acquired red brick house. The house was purchased from a Mrs. Byrne with the help of Fr. Matthew Collier, a curate in the parish of Rathmines, of which the new Passionist Retreat of Blessed Paul of the Cross then became a part. There was a congregation of five people at the Mass, including Father Collier and Mrs. Byrne. The other three were Brother Seraphin Pesce CP and a Mr. & Mrs. Tully from Harold’s Cross, friends of Mrs. Byrne.

Over the next 118 years, to the day, Mount Argus functioned as a religious order church for which people developed a great love and affiliation, perhaps due in no small measure to the fact that there was a rather extraordinary priest who came to live in the community from 9th July 1857, Feast of Our Lady of Holy Hope. He was of course Fr. Charles Houben, now St. Charles of Mount Argus. But that love and affiliation with Mount Argus has continued down through the years until the present day, with those who consider Mount Argus as their spiritual home being spread far and wide.

Mount Argus has had an ever changing face over the years. In the same year of 1856 that the first Mass was celebrated a church was built on to the house and opened that December. A new and bigger church was planned and built to cope with the numbers coming, and was eventually opened and dedicated as the Church of St. Paul of the Cross in 1878, although the old church continued to be used, especially by Fr. Charles for his special ministry of blessing and healing, until his death in 1893. The new church was refurbished in 1924 and extended in 1938, and of course many of you will remember, and indeed will have been involved in the restoration of the church which led to a re-dedication in 1986.

 

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Bethany Support

Bethany Bereavement Support Group

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group will meet and be available in the monastery on Tuesday 30th September.  They are a listening ear for those who would like to talk to someone about their loss.  The group meets from 8pm (sharp) to 9pm and the service is strictly confidential.  Please just come along or contact Jean at 086 129 7593 if you require further information.

 
Passionist Family Group

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 THE PASSIONIST FAMILY GROUP MOVEMENT

In 1972, Father Peter McGrath CP was appointed to the tiny parish of St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills, an outer suburb of Sydney, Australia.  Then only 30 people gathered for the Sunday Eucharist. 

The congregation grew and by 1973 over 1000 people were attending.  Faced with this expansion, Father Peter formed Family Groups to preserve the original community spirit where people knew each other by name and shared each other’s joys and sorrows. 

The Family Group Movement, though started in the Catholic Church, has now bridged the gap and is ecumenical, being in Anglican, Uniting and Baptist churches.

Family Groups are now in over 400 parishes in Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., U.K. and Ireland.  In all countries it is seen as a relevant way for all of us to build Christian community and prepare for the future.


 FAMILY GROUPS IN MOUNT ARGUS

Family groups began in Mount Argus in 1998 after a visit by Father Peter.  The first co-ordinators were Yvonne and Hugh Gray who embodied the spirit of the movement and led us through the first 10 years until 2008.

Embodying the same spirit our co-ordinators for the next 5 years, from 2008-2013, were Kate and Gerry Brennan.  Last year we adapted the structure and our Family Groups are now guided by a co-ordinating team. 

At present this team is Yvonne and Hugh Gray; Kate and Gerry Brennan, and Joan and Paud Lavelle. 

At a Family Group reflection day last year members were asked what their Family Group experience had meant to them.  Some of the words used were: reaching out; welcome; warmth; hospitality; coming to know; building friendship; offering support; kindness; sensitivity; help; laughing with; crying with; rejoicing with; mourning with. 

We can recognise here simple ways in which members experience loving and being loved – as Christ has loved us –which is the inspirational Gospel principle on which Family Groups try to model themselves. 

At present there are 9 Family Groups meeting roughly once a month for simple social gatherings or outings.  Each group also takes it in turn to host the monthly coffee morning which extends a welcome to the whole parish family and encourages people to come to know each other over a simple cuppa and a chat.  On the last Sunday of June Family Groups host a barbecue to which all the parish are invited.

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FAMILY GROUP LOGO

While the logo of the Passionists is that of the Cross above a heart, for the Family Group Movement the Cross is placed in the centre of a heart, enfolding not only three generations of a family, but also encircling multi-cultural faces, an all inclusive family. 

This Family Group logo can help us understand and hold together that all inclusive, unconditional welcome of all into Family Groups.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

For more information hand in your name and contact details at the monastery reception for “Family Groups” Or contact Fr. Frank:
Tel. 086 3219031; e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
Annual Baptism Blessing

Annual Mass for babies christened at Mount Argus

 

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Eucharistic Adoration

 

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Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration times in Mount Argus

Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 8.30pm

Every Friday from 10.30am to 6pm

There is a rota of people who devote one hour a week to spending time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration

If anyone would like to join this group please contact the main Mount Argus telephone number, 01 499 2000

 

 

 

 

Child Protection


altThe Child Protection Team at Mount Argus Parish, in association with the Passionist Congregation, is committed to ensuring the highest level of protection for all children who engage with our Parish in any way.  The team is headed by Margaret Dalton, who manages a Family Support Project. She is supported by Caroline Garrett and Terry Brady.  This team works very closely with Fr. Frank Keevins, CP (Parish Priest) and Fr. Bernard Lowe CP (Rector).  The Child Protection Team have the responsibility for ensuring that the Mount Argus Childcare Policy is implemented and adhered to by all adults working with children.

Our role is first and foremost to see that Mount Argus is a safe place for children. To this end, we arrange training to ensure that all those working with children in our Parish understand and accept our Child Protection Policy.  

We have implemented the Garda Clearance procedure to ensure all adults in contact with children are appropriately vetted.

To reach a member of the team, please call  087 258 3059

Contact details for the Designated Persons for the Dublin Archdiocese  are as follows:

Mr. Andrew Fagan (Director of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service)

Ms. Sinead McDonnell (Child Protection Officer)

Both can be contacted at 01 - 836 0314

The telephone number for the local Garda Station (Sundrive) is 01 - 666 6600

 

 


 
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Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of our Parish is to be a living parish where:

  • All will feel welcome
  • Everyone will be appreciated and encouraged to use their gifts
  • People and priests work together to develop a community of faith and compassion

 
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